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Split Image (Jesse Stone Series #9)

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The Last of Jesse Stone?

Jesse Stone is back! This time he's dealing with two mob-connected corpses, two over-sexed mob wives, two self-absorbed parents whose daughter has taken up with a cult, and a Polish father out to avenge his son's death. Sunny Randall comes to town to help him along an...
Jesse Stone is back! This time he's dealing with two mob-connected corpses, two over-sexed mob wives, two self-absorbed parents whose daughter has taken up with a cult, and a Polish father out to avenge his son's death. Sunny Randall comes to town to help him along and, in the meantime, they help each other start to put their exes behind them.

The dialog is typical Parker - the kind of quick returns that we all wish we could think of when we need them. Jesse is still dealing with his internal struggle to drink or not to drink, and he turns to conversations with the photo of his hero Ozzie Smith to try to sort it all out.

The plot is a bit convoluted, the characters are complex, and the small-town police in Paradise are still able to rise to the occasion of big-city crime - all the elements that make the Jesse Stone series so much fun to read. As they work together to keep lids on their lives and the town, Jesse and Sonny grow closer and at the end of this installment they seem headed to greater things; maybe even a relationship like Spencer and Dr. Silverman (who makes an appearance here, too) have.

But alas, we'll never know. Sadly, this is probably the final chapter in Jesse Stone's story, since Parker passed away January 18th. His pithy, delightful style will be greatly missed, and Jesse and Sunny will remain in limbo. But Parkers' fans will re-read the Spenser, Stone, Randall, and western series for years to come.

Thanks, Parker!

posted by herbarmstrong on May 10, 2010

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

I loved the characters.

I liked the characters better than the book. Overall, the book was okay.

posted by neclem1935 on March 27, 2010

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2010

    Robert Parker's Passing

    I have read every Parker book - some more than once. There have been a few great one's (Early Autumn, Appaloosa), a few stinkers and most in between. Split Image is, unfortunately, a real stinker. It has the feel or read-ability of words just thrown together. The plot is weak, the dialogue lacks both substance and any spark. The psycho-babble is tedious. I read it through more as a tribute to Parker. Were it not for that I would have given up on it after 50 pages or so. Even the most rabid Parker fan will be disappointed.

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